You may have heard of the expression, “don’t drink and drive.” But what is an equally important message is to not drive under the influence of drugs. Doing so can significantly inhibit your driving capabilities and lead to a serious, if not fatal, car accident. Read on to discover what injuries are commonly associated with drugged driving and how one of the seasoned Baltimore County drunk driving accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi can be of any assistance necessary.
What injuries are commonly caused by drugged driving?
Serious, permanent, and even fatal injuries are commonly associated with drugged driving accidents. More specific examples are as follows:
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Partial or permanent paralysis.
- Organ damage.
- Broken or crushed limbs.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Permanent disfigurement or scarring.
The reason why injuries can be so severe is that, when a driver is under the influence of drugs, they are usually not in the right state of mind to take preventative actions to avoid a crash. Therefore, collisions tend to be more intense.
What damages are commonly associated with drugged driving?
As you can see with the associated injuries, the associated damages are just as devastating when it comes to drugged driving accidents. More specific examples are as follows:
- Long-term, if not permanent, medical bills.
- The long-term, if not permanent, inability to return to work.
- The long-term, if not permanent, inability to perform domestic services.
- The expense of car repairs or replacement.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Diminished quality of life.
What should I do if I am a victim of a car accident?
The injuries and damages that you incurred after your car accident may not only be a physical and emotional toll, but also a financial toll. And so, you likely need to pursue financial compensation to pay for these expenses. This may be possible via a personal injury claim.
However, within the Maryland courts, the liable party’s criminal proceedings may take precedence over your personal injury case. Rest assured, when hiring a competent Baltimore County auto accident attorney, your timely compensation may still be possible with the following actions:
- An attorney will request the field sobriety test results and other evidence submitted in the liable party’s criminal case to use later on in your personal injury case.
- An attorney will use the liable party’s admission of guilt and the outcome of the criminal case as evidence later on in your personal injury case.
- An attorney will seek restitution in the sentencing phase after a guilty criminal verdict is reached.
- An attorney will pursue a claim against the liable party’s insurance policy, which legally cannot be denied based on drugged driving.
So, without further ado, you must contact our firm today.